Deciding Whether to Require Masks at Your Law Firm

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New Orleanians have celebrated Mardi Gras since the early 1800s. The holiday starts in January and continues until the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras masks are made with a variety of materials including cardboard, feathers, plastic, and porcelain. A Mardi Gras tradition requires revelers to wear masks to hide their identity when taking part in parades or attending parties.

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Changes in Power of Attorney Forms for New York State

Blumberg announces an important update to their New York State Power of Attorney Forms. This update complies with amendments to the Power of Attorney Statute that takes effect June 13, 2021. For over 100 years courts have relied on Blumberg Powers of Attorney forms. The distinctive boilerplate and usage in countless transactions have become the trusted choice of attorneys and the financial, real estate, business, and healthcare communities.

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Deciding Whether to Require Vaccinations at Your Law Firm

Scientist create vaccine for coronavirus Covid-19. Vector illustration concept of virus vaccination, vaccine, and cure for disease.

The development of Coronavirus vaccines took off in January 2020 when its genetic sequence was published. Vaccine development usually takes several years, but Covid-19 vaccines had a head start because the research was already underway when the pandemic began. The first vaccinations began in December 2020 kicking off the most urgent immunization effort since the polio vaccine. Following are things to consider about requiring vaccinations and resources for encouraging them.  

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Apps, Services, and Software for Working Remotely

Working Remotely

About 15 years ago, Apple and Google launched digital stores that enabled software developers to sell apps to consumers and professionals. Categories include communication, productivity, and security. Apps are affordable, easy to use, and enable access to data and documents 24/7 at home, on the road, or in the office. They can be installed quickly on computers, smartphones, and tablets. This article explains the benefits of popular application service providers and includes resources for using them.

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Deciding Whether to Permanently Work Remote

Deciding Whether to Permanently Work Remote

About 250 years ago, most Americans worked as farmers or as skilled craftsmen in their homes.  By the 1800s, the workforce started shifting from homes to factories and moved from the countryside to cities. In the 1980s, the trend reversed when employers began experimenting with telecommuting. The work from home trend was helped by the development of the personal computer, the Internet, and flexible policies adopted by enlightened employers. 

About 10 percent of Americans worked from home before the Coronavirus situation forced office workers to stay home.  Many lawyers will continue their office exodus after the Coronavirus is contained. The Pandemic removed taboos associated with remote workers and mobile technologies improved their productivity. Following are some things to consider when deciding whether to permanently work remotely.    

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Deciding When to Reopen Your Law Office

reopening your law practice60 years ago, Pete Seeger created a folk-rock classic by adapting verses from Ecclesiastes into the song Turn, Turn, Turn.  The song holds a message of change, hope, and acceptance. It reminds listeners that there are a time and purpose for everything. The evolving Coronavirus situation evokes the song’s theme because there was a time to close offices and now a time for reopening them.

Several large firms recently announced plans to reopen their offices due to increasing vaccinations and decreasing infection rates. A widespread return to offices probably will not occur until September 2021 when enough people have been vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Meantime, the following are things to consider when selecting a date for reopening your office.

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What Is a Corporate Kit and Do I Need One?

A Corporate Kit is a customized organizational binder and a convenient, proven way to maintain your company’s corporate records.

When you form your corporation or LLC (Limited Liability Company), it is critical to objectify the management of the business.  This includes an orderly organization of key documents. These documents including minutes of the activities of the company, bylaws, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, share certificates,s and stubs, and transfers.

Corporate Kits

Well-maintained records are not only a matter of professionalism and convenience but of personal peace of mind. On occasion, courts pierce the company’s “corporate veil” in an attempt to hold the owners personally liable for the debts of the company.  Good records can demonstrate the independence of the business from the personal affairs of the owners, an important defense against such claims.

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Legal Issues Raised By Infecting Someone with COVID-19

Can you be responsible for someone contracting the coronavirus from you? If you get COVID-19, can you sue someone who infected you? Is intentionally infecting someone with COVID-19 a crime?

Perhaps. This article will explore the civil and criminal law issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic and is from the office of noted personal injury and RSD lawyers Schwarz & Schwarz. 

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